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High-Performance Audi e-tron SUV Should Be A Match For Tesla

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Audi announces plans to expand its e-tron lineup.

Audi’s e-tron lineup is rapidly expanding. Earlier this year, Audi unveiled the e-tron SUV, its first production vehicle under its eponymous electric sub-brand. Concepts have also shown hints of what is to come—the Sportback coupe-SUV will arrive next year while the e-tron GT that just debuted in Los Angeles in concept form will come out not long after.

However, Audi has announced that it's working on expanding its electric arsenal even further, divulging that a quicker version of the e-tron is on its way, along with a more affordable entry-level model of the electric SUV.

The go-faster variant will receive three electric motors —two motors attached to the rear axle and one motor sitting on the front. This is bound to improve upon the e-tron’s 62-mph sprint time of 5.7 seconds. The e-tron is beat out by the sportier Jaguar I-Pace, which can do the dash in 4.8 seconds, and the basically-a-spaceship Tesla Model X, which blitzes to 62 mph in a supercar-rivaling 2.9 seconds.

It is unknown where the sportier e-tron will land on that spectrum, but expect it to beat out the Jag. While Audi has been coy on the power output, Top Gear speculates the current 402-hp setup will be upped to around 640 hp when the second rear motor is strapped on.

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Audi is also expanding its electrified range downwards, planning to add a cheaper version of the e-tron. While it will retain the normal e-tron’s twin-motor system, the power outputs will be decreased and there is the possibility of a smaller battery pack. Hearsay suggests that the entry-level e-tron is only a year away, putting its debut around the same time frame as the Sportback. However, we will have to wait a bit longer to see the sporty e-tron, which isn't due until early 2020.

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